Relatives of the 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa(Zhina) Amini, who is in a coma after being arrested and beaten by the Iranian morality police, spoke to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) about the continuation of her worrying situation.

The relatives said that Amini’s family were shocked by what happened to their daughter and that they were exposed to intense pressure and threats from security institutions regarding their communication with the media.

One of the relatives added that Amini’s consciousness level was still low and that she was hospitalised in the special care unit of Kasra Hospital in Tehran, under strict security measures.

After the photo of the young woman in Kasra Hospital’s special care unit was published, many specialist doctors on social media denied the Tehran police’s claims that she had a heart attack and stroke, citing the presence of bleeding in the ear and a blood clot under the eye. They suggested that these marks indicate a fracture of the skull base by the impact of a hard object.

On the evening of 13 September, the morality police arrested Amini while she was exiting the Haghani subway in Tehran with her brother under the pretext that she was wearing her hijab “improperly”.

The young woman was reportedly beaten by the officers present inside the morality police van while being taken to the Vozara detention centre.

Two hours later, Amini was transferred to Kasra Hospital in an unconscious state.